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FBI Facial Recognition Caught A Fugitive On The Run For 14 Years

The FBI’s facial recognition initiative is big and getting bigger. And it’s just proved that it works too, by helping capture a fugitive who’s been on the run for 14 years, during testing in Asia.


FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware To Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor’s had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organisation made the difficult announcement that an attack on its system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually unchecked by the courts.


The FBI's Worried That Self-Driving Cars Could Be Turned Into Weapons

An internal FBI report obtained by The Guardian speculates about what the roads will look like when they’re packed with driverless cars. And because it’s the FBI, there’s a gloomy analysis of how criminals could exploit our autonomous automotive future.


FBI And NSA Spied On Innocent Muslim-Americans

New documents have revealed that the NSA and FBI spied on specific, law-abiding Muslim-American leaders after 9/11 — possibly without warrants — under the pretext of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


A Guide To The FBI's Guide To Twitter Slang

The FBI cares what you have to say on Twitter. It cares so much that it created an 83-page document about “Twitter Shorthand”. The guide includes 2800 entries that basically amount to every acronym known to man — along with quite a few that I didn’t even know existed.


The FBI Is Auctioning Off Its Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

Late last year, the FBI seized Silk Road and the assets of its founder. Now, it’s planning to auction off the hoard of Bitcoin, worth around $US18 million, that it took control of.


Hacker Turned FBI Informant Sabu Will Be Sentenced Next Week

Wired reports that Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu”, the LulzSec hacker who became an FBI informant and helped take down numerous other hackers, will be sentenced on Tuesday, May 27. The government will seek a sentence of just seven months, citing time served and his immense cooperation with the government.


The FBI Is Struggling To Hire Hackers Who Don't Smoke Weed

The FBI has a problem. The agency needs to hire hackers to build out its cyber crime division, but it also will not hire anyone who’s smoked weed in the past three years. And guess what? A lot of hackers like to smoke weed.


How The NSA Is Transforming Law Enforcement

If you’ve been imagining NSA surveillance as something distant, with analysts sitting in remote data centres quietly analysing metadata — stop now. NSA surveillance has become a part of day-to-day law enforcement fabric in the United States. The Snowden disclosures that were made public as part of Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide drive this point home, and they emphasise why we need real change to government surveillance, not minor reforms.


FBI Issues Wanted Posters For Five Chinese Army Officers

In case you need more reasons to worry about escalating tensions between the US and China, the FBI is now circulating Wanted posters for five officers of the People’s Liberation Army. This isn’t just a fun let’s-see-what-happens exercise. These guys have been charged with some serious cyber crimes.